I just thought I’d do a quick post this morning to share out some of the knowledge from the all day conference I attended yesterday with Tim Kanold. If you aren’t familiar with his work, he is the “PLC” guy–and really has a math focus. He is a great presenter and the day was very enjoyable. I didn’t hear a ton new since we have been studying his books for a few years now, but it was a great day to sit and reflect on my own practice and how to better consider what I am doing as I plan over this summer. If you haven’t read any of his work, I would REALLY recommend it!
A few takeaways…and, in his mind, non-negotiables.
1. He states very definitively that no less than 65% of your math class should involve student to student discourse. Not teacher-student or student-teacher. Student to student. I am a HUGE believer in this so 65% doesn’t shock me at all…but I know that is a HUGE shift for some people. Watch for a later blog post where I give some suggestions on how to increase discourse in your classroom!
2. One of the biggest factors in student achievement is formative assessment. I have always been a firm believer in this so at first I just nodded affirmatively…but I kept listening. He really stressed that “doing” formative assessment (ex. exit slips, fist to five, thumbs up/thumbs down) is doing nothing for student achievement until we USE it and take action on it. He is totally right…and I DO use the information I get from entrance/exit slips. But do I use the information I get while observing and doing other less formal assessments? I’m not as sure.
3. To piggyback off of number 2, he said the biggest work we should be doing in the math classroom is presenting students with rigorous, deliberately chosen tasks that they work on in small groups. We should then be circulating and observing and coaching–spending no more than 30 seconds per group at a time. Whoa. I need some time to sit and process on all of that!
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|Tons of interactive notebook components…|
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